These Transparent Face Masks Reveal Your Lips for Clearer Communication

No mixed messages here!

by Emily Cieslak Sep 15, 2020

Transparent face mask
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As much as we value our cloth face masks in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, we’ll admit they aren’t perfect. Who else has felt sweat pool underneath the thin layer of fabric while your words came out as a jumbled mess? For individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, opaque styles make it especially difficult to communicate, hiding lips and facial expressions.

Thankfully, more brands are creating partially or fully transparent options. By still covering the nose and mouth, these designs create a physical barrier from particles while allowing people to read lips and facial expressions. For anyone that is an educator or works in an environment where they are constantly communicating with others, clear masks are a game changer. And if you're back in the dating scene, the need for them has never been more on-point.

When properly constructed, experts say these translucent designs are just as effective as their cloth counterparts, if not more since the synthetic materials (i.e. plastic, vinyl) they're manufactured from provide a strong barrier to droplets. Plus, you can easily disinfect one with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth if you're in need of a mask ASAP.

For the best protection, ensure the plastic is tightly sewn to any fabric and that the mask covers all your bases—nose, mouth and a snug fit under the chin. Plenty of clear masks are made with anti-fog technology; if yours isn’t, you can coat it with anti-fog treatment or wash the inside of the plastic with detergent and water, and let it air dry or wipe with a cloth to prevent fogging.

These eight face masks are clear winners for allowing your smile to reclaim the spotlight.